A Brave New World: The Climate For Chinese M&A Abroad
Among the many signs of China's increasing economic power has been a surge in the number of Chinese companies seeking to buy assets overseas. In 2009, while developed economies remained mired in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Chinese companies made a record number of cross-border acquisitions - some 298 in total. Much of China's investment has been welcomed by cash-strapped Western companies that would be hard-pressed to survive without it. But China's buying spree has raised a number of concerns, particularly where it has involved state-owned enterprises (SOEs).